Snow on the ground added another element to the mental and physical challenges runners faced during the 4th Annual Run Down the Demons 5K Obstacle Race.
Runners, walkers, and volunteers gathered Saturday at Remembrance Park at Ohio State to show their support for local veterans and their families.
Run Down the Demons is a local non-profit organization focused on the mental health of local veterans and their families.
The 5K obstacle course is meant to be mentally and physically challenging, similar to experiencing the â€˜unknownsâ€™ associated with post-traumatic stress.
â€œWhat weâ€™re trying to do here, with this event specifically, is recreate the unknowns of PTSD and mental health as a whole,â€ said Colin Winter, veteran and founder of Run Down the Demons.
The race marked part of an entire weekend of Veterans Awareness at Ohio State, meant to focus on post-traumatic stress, suicide prevention, and mitigating the stigma associated with these issues within the military community.
For more information on Run Down the Demons, visit the organizationâ€™s website.